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Re: Diving in Phuket
« Reply #10 on: 30 May 10, 08:54 »
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  • What are the stuff you can see in Phuket? Is it any better than Aur or Tioman? Does'nt seem like a very good dive location.


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    Re: Diving in Phuket
    « Reply #11 on: 30 May 10, 12:03 »
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  • Zebra Shark.... tons of Moral. Mountains of Corals and 'Nemo'.... ;)

    Sounds very familiar? minus the zebra sharks of course... ;)
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    Re: Diving in Phuket
    « Reply #12 on: 10 Jul 10, 20:27 »
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  • Just returned from Phuket.

    Though the monsoon season, I had good and sunny days. The nights were wet though. I supposed I am lucky to have good sunny weather during my dives.

    Racha Yai and Racha Noi are not too bad dive sites to go to, albeit the relatively high price even during monsoon. I joined my friends who were there for their open water certification. So I booked myself for 2 days of leisure diving. I managed to see quite a lot of interesting stuff there, not just corals and nemos. Had a good guide who helped me find a Sea Moth at Lucy's Reef. Many mantis shrimps, cleaner and anemone shrimps, tiny nudibranch, many aggro nesting titan triggers  :-\ , banded sea snake, flounders, garden eels. The visibility was quite good, probably 10-15m? And there wasn't much current. The eastern coasts of the 2 Racha islands are sheltered from monsoon, so it is quite calm to dive there.

    I spoke to someone who went to Shark Point, King Cruiser Wreck etc and apparently, the visibility was good and he spotted quite abit of stuff there.

    But just like Tioman, there are many patches of bleached coral reefs all over the few dive sites I went to. Some showed signs of recovery, but most really looked depressing. I heard from the dive guide that the weather seemed to turned for the better, and hopefully La Nina is really taking over El Nino, lowering the sea temperature for the reefs to recover.
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    « Reply #13 on: 11 Jul 10, 19:50 »
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  • Did u managed to take any pictures?

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    « Reply #14 on: 12 Jul 10, 18:37 »
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  • Pictures of the bleaching corals? Or just generally what I saw there?

    I did take a bit of photos. But haven got the time to convert and post them up.
    A bit snooked by the sandy bottom at Racha Yai and Noi. White balance went haywire.  :(
    But never fail to learn more about my G9 after each dive trip.

    Hopefully will post them up today or tomorrow.  ;D
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    Re: Diving in Phuket
    « Reply #15 on: 12 Jul 10, 19:08 »
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  • Pictures of the bleaching corals? Or just generally what I saw there?

    I did take a bit of photos. But haven got the time to convert and post them up.
    A bit snooked by the sandy bottom at Racha Yai and Noi. White balance went haywire:(
    But never fail to learn more about my G9 after each dive trip.

    Hopefully will post them up today or tomorrow.  ;D


    For white sandy bottom, try lowering your camera's EV by 0.5-1.0.... example, EV -0.5 or -1.0  ;) Also better to shoot in RAW with the G9.

    Btw.... any Zebra Shark ??
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    Re: Diving in Phuket
    « Reply #16 on: 12 Jul 10, 23:23 »
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  • Btw.... any Zebra Shark ??

    Nope. Not that I seen any. But its like Lionfish galore.
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    Re: Diving in Phuket
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  • Nope. Not that I seen any. But its like Lionfish galore.



    Which type ?? The common type or the nicer 'long fin' type ??   ;)
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    Re: Diving in Phuket
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  • Which type ?? The common type or the nicer 'long fin' type ??   ;)

    Haha. the fatty common type. and the red dwarfs
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    Re: Diving in Phuket
    « Reply #19 on: 15 Jul 10, 21:53 »
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  • Just returned from Phuket.

    Though the monsoon season, I had good and sunny days. The nights were wet though. I supposed I am lucky to have good sunny weather during my dives.

    Racha Yai and Racha Noi are not too bad dive sites to go to, albeit the relatively high price even during monsoon. I joined my friends who were there for their open water certification. So I booked myself for 2 days of leisure diving. I managed to see quite a lot of interesting stuff there, not just corals and nemos. Had a good guide who helped me find a Sea Moth at Lucy's Reef. Many mantis shrimps, cleaner and anemone shrimps, tiny nudibranch, many aggro nesting titan triggers  :-\ , banded sea snake, flounders, garden eels. The visibility was quite good, probably 10-15m? And there wasn't much current. The eastern coasts of the 2 Racha islands are sheltered from monsoon, so it is quite calm to dive there.

    I spoke to someone who went to Shark Point, King Cruiser Wreck etc and apparently, the visibility was good and he spotted quite abit of stuff there.

    But just like Tioman, there are many patches of bleached coral reefs all over the few dive sites I went to. Some showed signs of recovery, but most really looked depressing. I heard from the dive guide that the weather seemed to turned for the better, and hopefully La Nina is really taking over El Nino, lowering the sea temperature for the reefs to recover.

    Just got back from Phuket as well.
    Went to Shark Point, King Cruiser Wreck and Koh Dok Mai.
    Agree with lionteh that there were many patches of bleached coral reefs and it all look so depressing.
    However the current was damn strong and the visibility was between 3 to 5 m only.

    Was not very happy with the dive guide. He was taking photos instead of "guiding" us.
    As a result me and my buddy was as good as diving on our own.
    When we surface, we saw our dive guide on the boat without his dive gear on.
    Which means that he has been on the boat for a while and was not even bother abt us.
    Should'nt they be concern about our whereabout and safety????

    Overall a bad trip for me.
    The leopard shark was good but was not able to salvage the bad experience and mediocre dive sites.
    Was suppose to do another day trip of diving but decide to cancel it.